You’re addicted to all-natural skincare and want to share that love with your favorite mothers. It’s a good passion to share because women are exposed to 168 chemicals every day.
Fortunately, you and your favorite women have options.
Herbal, plant-powered skincare is non-toxic, especially when you use organic, local, and foraged plants for your products and a great alternative to conventional products. Not only are plant-based products effective, but they honor nature’s ability to gently nurture both our skin and spirit.
Below, I’ve organized all DIY recipes based on ease of accessing herbs, flowers, oils, and essential oils. For those of you just starting out with DIY herbal skincare products, start at the top of the list and work your way down. For the more experienced with a variety of oils and herbs on hand, start from the bottom and work your way up.
Whatever you choose to create for the favorite moms in your life, whether it’s your sister, cousin, best friend, or your own mom, I hope you enjoy sharing the gifts of the natural world with them. It’s a beautiful thing!
Note: Please purchase everything organic, if possible, to prevent toxins, pesticides, and other chemicals from making their way into your recipes. Choose local, too!
Lavender Rosemary Bath Salts
Best for: New moms who need a refresher, moms who work on their feet all day, moms of any age who enjoy taking baths
Recipe time: 10 minutes
Bath salts are a must for any mom who enjoys taking baths. This recipe is very simple and easily customized depending on your recipient's preferences. Omit the lavender flowers if you’d like and use only essential oils... or keep the essential oils out completely.
Take care not to overdo the essential oils as they can be intense for some individuals. Most times, less is more.
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
- 2-3 tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice
- 10-20 drops rosemary essential oil (or omit)
- 8 oz jar
Add your salt, lavender buds, carrier oil, and essential oil, to a mixing bowl. Combine well so the oil coats the salt and the essential oils and lavender are disbursed. Then, add to your jar and tie off with a cute sprig of fresh rosemary or lavender! Short, flat jars work best for bath salts so they’re easy to scoop out.
Lemon Sugar Scrub
Best for: Gardeners, painters, and artists: essentially any mom who uses her hands throughout the day
Recipe time: 10 minutes
The refreshing, uplifting lemon scent is enough to transport any woman to paradise. This scrub works for hands, feet, and body or as a facial exfoliator as long as the sugar is very fine. Raw sugar tends to be larger and not great for the sensitive skin on the face.
- 1 cup white or raw (finely ground) sugar
- 1/4 cup of your choice carrier oil. Jojoba and sweet almond work well.
- Zest + juice of one lemon
- 8 oz jar
Add your sugar, carrier oil, and lemon juice + zest to a mixing bowl. Combine well and add to your jar. Finish off with jute and a dried lemon slice or a handpainted watercolor tag.
Everyday Moisturizing Facial Oil
Best for: Moms who love to pamper themselves, new moms who may experience dryness
Recipe time: 15 minutes
Facial oils need to be a staple in any woman’s (and man’s) daily skincare ritual. Contrary to popular belief, oils do not always clog pores or make oily skin more oily. Facial oils fit nicely into busy schedules, too, because they soak in quickly. Here’s how they work and 3 ways to use them.
- 1 oz jojoba oil
- ½ oz sweet almond oil
- ½ oz rosehip seed oil
- Vitamin E
- 2 oz bottle with dropper
Once you have your oils, measure them via a scale (I use this one) or fill up your bottle by eyeballing it. I invite you to use this recipe as an inspiration and not a strict formula to follow.
Here’s a bit more about the oils so you can gauge the perfect oil for the mama in your life:
- Jojoba oil nourishes our skin because of it's similarity to our own sebum. The oil penetrates well, leaving no oily residue. For brightening up a complexion, jojoba is the way to go as it’s very nourishing. (Featured in Golden Om Facial Oil.)
- Sweet almond oil is a well-rounded oil with vitamin E and A for conditioning the skin, smoothing fine lines, and nourishing the skin. (Featured in Golden Om Facial Oil and Flower Bud Facial Oil.)
- Rosehip seed oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and skin simply drinks up, leaving behind no oily residue. Hooray! Use sparingly as it’s expensive (but worth it!)
- Vitamin E can be added as a natural preservative for your oil and also for skin conditioning properties. Use it at 1% in your recipe.
Calendula + Comfrey Herbal Steam
Best for: Moms who work in urban areaa, moms who want to balance out their skin
Recipe time: 10 minutes
This recipe hails from the amazing Rosemary Gladstar (also, the founder of tea company Traditional Medicinals) under whom I’ve studied when I first ventured into herbalism. The recipe below serves all skin types beautifully. Feel free to print my directions on how to use below for your recipient.
I use tablespoons as my ‘part’ for small jars of facial steams. For this facial steam, for example, there would be 10 total tablespoons. Feel free to omit any herb to customize for your giftee's skin and any allergies. Multiply the recipe below to make a big batch and gift all the favorite ladies in your life with a jar.
Find these herbs at your local apothecary or order online from Mountain Rose Herbs.
- 3 parts dried comfrey leaf
- 2 part calendula
- 2 parts chamomile
- 2 parts rose
- 1 part lavender buds
- 4 or 8 oz jar
Combine all your herbs into a mixing bowl and add into your chosen jar. Again, the recipe isn’t a ‘formula’, but more of an inspiration for getting creative. Have fun!
To use the facial steam: Boil 2-3 quarts of water, then toss in a healthy handful of herbs, cover, and simmer for a couple minutes. Then, remove the pot from the heat and set on a heat-proof surface (a wood cutting board works.) Set the pot and board on a table/counter or somewhere you can sit comfortably.
Then, lean over the steaming pot, drape a large, thick towel over your head and the pot. It’ll steam up quickly and feel hot, but not too hot. Let some steam out by lifting the towel as needed to let in cool air. Steam for 5-8 minutes. Any leftover herbs can go in the garden...
Everyday Skin Soothing Balm
Best for: New breastfeeding moms (great for sore nipples!), outdoorsy moms, moms with toddlers who come home with scrapes, moms with dry skin or prone to bruising
Recipe time: 20-25 minutes to assemble; 1 hour or more to completely cool
Every new mom needs skin soothing balm! This same balm makes a perfect home for moms with dry, patchy skin, or moms who like to take hikes or generally spend a bit of time outdoors. Like the lemon sugar scrub, this balm also works well for artists who use their hands a lot.
This recipe makes two 4 oz containers or a single 8 oz container. Double the recipe if you want to make more! I personally love making 1/2 oz or 1 oz containers and giving them away to lots of ladies.
- 1/2 cup of olive oil (infused with calendula if you can!)
- 1/4 cup of shea butter
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1.5 - 2 oz of beeswax pastilles (you can also use candelilla wax for a vegan alternative -- simply halve the amount if you choose this over beeswax.)
- 12-20 drops of lavender essential oil (omit for pregnant/breastfeeding/new moms)
- Double boiler
- Tins or glass jars for holding your salve
- Long wooden spoon or chopstick
- Liquid measuring cup
- Heat up your double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, add water to a pot about halfway up and add a heat resistant container for your ingredients. I use mason jars in a pinch or a glass Pyrex measuring cup.
- Add your ingredients, save for the essential oil, to the top of the double boiler or directly into your heat-safe container. Make sure that the water in your pot is at least equal to your ingredients, but does not splash into your concoction as waters introduces bacteria.
- Melt down your ingredients until it liquifies, but do not let your ingredients boil!
- Once melted, remove from heat, add your essential oils, mix, then pour into your containers.
- Let cool in a safe spot out of the sun or near a heater.
- Finally, ad your container lid and store somewhere cool and dry until it's time to gift!
Where to buy ingredients + supplies
The best place to buy supplies is from local growers, apothecaries, and small businesses. Depending on where you live, it's not always possible to find the herbs you need when you need them. I love supporting the companies below because I trust their quality and affordability.
Infuse your mom’s skincare ritual with plant-powered + organic oils and tonics.
If you don’t have the time or the ingredients to craft your own products, peruse the shop for regenerating facial oils and refreshing facial tonics. My customers tend to buy their favorite moms the Wild Heart Facial Tonic and Flower Bud Facial Oil.
Aging is beautiful and LBC products embrace the natural evolution of our skin. Let’s celebrate together. Happy Mother’s Day!